Jefferson County Neighborhoods: Garden Clubs in and near Jeffco
Members of these community clubs learn from speakers, hold plant sales and voluntarily maintain public gardens.
Arvada Garden Coop
Forty years ago, some Arvada men formed a garden club at 57th and Garrison Street. Today, half of the members are women. Members pay $15 a year to rent a 12’ x 22’ plot that pays for water, use of hose and tools, and gardening tips from neighbors. Some donate vegetables to the Arvada Food Bank. The coop will hold an open house on August 11 to share samples of a variety of fresh produce and dishes created by this culturally diverse group of gardeners, including many from Russia and Vietnam.
Community Garden in Applewood
Cappi Baumgart • 303-233-3983
More than 60 residents established a community garden on land owned by Applewood Church at 12930 W. 32nd Ave. Denver Urban Gardens has helped them organize this coop of 24 plots of 10x13 feet. Gardeners pay $50 each annually to cover the cost of watering.
Evergreen Garden Club
This charitable and educational organization focused on mountain horticulture and conservation of natural resources has been serving the greater community for 41 years. About 100 members from the central foothills meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Evergreen Fire & Rescue Administration Building at 1802 Bergen Pkwy. They have guest speakers, maintain an online newsletter, visit one another’s gardens, and go on other related field trips.
Members bring plants, cuttings, or seeds to share at each meeting. The Club’s voluntary community service is the design, planting, and maintenance of public gardens at Hiwan Homestead Museum, JeffCo Public Library, Evergreen Post Office, the Bergen Park traffic circle and a huge area below the Evergreen Dam.
Evergreen Moonlight Garden Club
Ann Glossa • 303-674-6623
Started 12 years ago, this club of about 30 members meets on the 3rd Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at members’ homes. They emphasize growing native plants, maintain bluebird houses in Parmalee Gulch, maintain gardens at Fort Logan National Cemetery maintaining, among many other shared projects.
Golden Gardeners Club
Ann Brown • 303-279-5388
Members have met on the 4th Monday at 1 p.m. for 54 years, usually at the Golden Public Library. About 12 members maintain the Rose Garden at the Golden Pioneer Museum and jointly host a Flower Show. Beautification projects include tree planting in Golden parks and public schools.
Happy Transplants Garden Club
Betty Roan • 303-430-9167
This group has met continuously since 1969 on the first Wednesday of each month during the winter at the Westminster United Methodist Church, 3585 West 76th Avenue, Westminster. They meet at one another’s homes during the summer. Projects include creating an authentic garden at the Bowles House Museum and a miniature greenhouse project in elementary schools.
Front Range Organic Gardeners (FROG)
Linda Tegtmeier • 303-744-7871
This metro area organic gardening group has 45-50 members, including about 20 from JeffCo. Monthly meetings are on 3rd Thurs, 7 pm, usually at Denver Presbytery Center, 1710 S. Grant, except during summer when they visit one another’s gardens. Members share knowledge, publish a monthly newsletter, swap plants and seeds, and help spread the word on organic gardening at plant events, local greenhouses, and Denver Botanic Gardens.
Lakewood Garden Club
Martha Price • 303-238-6002
Members meet at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. Programs cover topics such as pruning, soil improvement, identifying weeds, best vines for the area, great roses, container gardening. Garden parties are hosted at members’ homes in season.
Table Mountain Garden Club
Swiss Hoffman • 303-384-9516
About 24 members meet at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday at members’ homes. They care for two “friendship gardens” in Golden, south of the bridge west of Clear Creek History Park and Golden Pioneer Museum. They cooperate with the Golden Gardeners Club to host an annual show at the Golden Recreation Center.
Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado • www.alcc.com
Colorado State Univ. Extension Services • www.ext.colostate.edu
Littleton Garden Club • 303-796-9119
Roxbough Garden Club • 303-948-0255
Highlands Ranch • 303-979-0305
Denver Urban Gardens • www.dug.org/home.asp